Juggling three full time schedules (work, school, and being a MOMMY) can become really busy, really fast. For the longest time I was so caught up in my schedules that I wouldn’t put much thought into what I was eating throughout the day. My job requires me to work long hours outside of my home and if I wasn’t careful I would wind up with junk food and four cups of coffee in my system to get me through the day.
I’ve recently made a pact with myself to plan and make my lunches for work. To do this, I started making list of what I was going to bring for lunch each day of the week and make it one night before. Not only did I start to feel physically better, I also felt more in control and motivated.
Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite meals to take for work! They are all filling, hearty, and easy to make.
Lemon Pepper Salmon and Rice:
You will need: Salmon fillet, lemon pepper seasoning, olive oil, and white or brown rice.
- Place a large salmon fillet in large greased baking pan and sprinkle with your preferred lemon pepper seasoning (don’t be afraid to be generous!).
- Bake in oven at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
- Steam rice! I use a basic rice cooker.
- Portion salmon and rice and place into containers.
*** I like to use glass containers for food I am going to re-heat at a later time. They are more convenient and way easier to clean!
Home made salad kits:
You will need: Romain lettuce hearts, your choice of pre-cooked chicken (optional, obviously), salad dressing (caesar is my favorite), croutons, one whole avocado, and lemon.
- Wash and chop the romain lettuce hearts and place into your containers.
- Put your pre-cooked chicken and croutons in separate zip lock bags.
- Put your salad dressing in a separate small glass container.
- For convenience, throw all of the above into one large container.
- When you are ready to eat, empty the contents you’ve packaged into your large container, slice up your avocado as well, drizzle with lemon, cover and shake well!
OVER NIGHT OATS
Over night oatmeal is what I opt for when I am gunning for a lighter breakfast/lunch for work — it’s filling and provides you with lots of healthy energy!
You will need: Your choice of oatmeal (I prefer Steel Cut Oats by Quakers), Vanilla almond milk, 1 banana, and a mix of berries.
- Create a 1 cup to 1 cup ratio of uncooked oatmeal and vanilla almond milk.
- Slice up one banana and layer on top of oatmeal/almond milk ratio.
- Top with desired amount of berries.
- Place lid on container and let refrigerate over night.